MOUNT VERNON — During a committee meeting, council members discussed approving a piece of legislation that would “update” the city’s Community Development Block Grant Citizen Participation Plan.
Mayor Richard Mavis said the plan has been in place for many years, even before he was mayor, and serves as a means to allow citizens to issue complaints regarding repairs or rehabilitation to their home through Community Development Block Grants.
The CDBG often funds housing rehabilitation or home repairs in specific areas of the city. Once the work is finished, home owners are required to sign off on the work stating it is acceptable. The plan allows property owners the opportunity to list the complaints they may have. Any arbitration could take place at the expense of the city, Mavis said. The city could then be required to correct the problem or if the project is deemed concluded, the homeowner would be required to sign off on the work.
According to City Auditor Terry Scott, the areas where funding will be available are usually canvassed with door hangers placed on homes that could qualify.
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